Explosive artwork takes shape

02:43, Nov 10 2012
Ash Keating
WET WORK: Artist Ash Keating is coming to Christchurch to create a painting in Worcester St.
Ash Keating's Concrete Propositions
WHO NEEDS A BRUSH?: Ash Keating has demonstrates his unique method.
Ash Keating's Concrete Propositions
ARTISTIC: Ash Keating has begun his work, Concrete Propositions.

Australian artist Ash Keating has completed his work, Concrete Propositions, in Worcester St today. 

Keating, with a little help from friends and the public, abandoned his paintbrushes to create the giant work on an inner-city wall by throwing, spraying and firing paint from buckets, weed sprayers, fire extinguishers and other assorted devices.

Concrete Propositions - the result of a collaboration between the Christchurch Art Gallery and Gap Filler - is on site at 117-119 Worcester St (Manchester St side of the Cathedral Junction building).

The process will be documented, and the footage will be incorporated into Keating's future works.

The public were invited to join Keating on site between 9am and 1pm to watch the painting emerge and lend a hand with filling containers.

Melbourne-based Keating's work includes conceptual, collaborative, mixed media installations and public and gallery-based projects all over the world.

On September 4, 2010, he was artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre as part of the Scape Biennale.

Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper said Keating's Christchurch work would draw its palette from the surrounding natural landscape.


The Press